Out of Africa Children’s Foundation is an NPO that strives to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and terminal diseases throughout Africa. Our mission is to support the needs of the children and their immediate family in the most dignified and compassionate manner.We provide accommodation for the direct families of ill children from out of the Cape Town area during the child’s hospitalization and recovery.
Out of Africa Children’s Foundation also provides a safe haven for abandoned and abused children. We have an aftercare dacility that provides education, food and sports
A highlight of Out of Africa Foundation's calendar is the "Survivor Walk of Hope". This is an annual event that was conceptualised to bing hope to those from around the world and from all walks of life who have been diagnosed with cancer. The event is a 5 to 10km fun walk suitable for the whole family, and which to date has taken place in places as diverse as the vineyards of Franschhoek to the strees of Amsterdam.
At the conclusion of each walk, cancer survivors (those who have beem in remission for 5 years and more) are invited to have their hands painted and their palms imprinted onto an enormous canvas, "Making their Mark" individually and collectively as cancer survivors.
This gives hope to people currently going through treatment, and lets them know that ther is a network of support available to them. Ther are people who have been through a similar experience who care about their welfare.
A "HOME" away from home, for supporting the needs of the children and their immediate family in the most dignified and compassionte way during the child's hospitalisation and recovery.
Accomodation is ffered to the children and their immediate families who cannot afford the high cost of hotels and the daily travel to and form hospitals whilst receiving treatment.
A parent's presence is not only a great source of strength, comfort and support for their sick child but also gives them the confidence to learn how to care for their sick child under professional guidance.
"Volunteering in Cape Town on the Safe Haven project was the best experience I could have been through. I met a lot of nice people, made friends, learned English and got to change the way I see the world."
"It was the best experience in my life. When I dicided to go to South Africa my specific motivation was work as a volunteer on a project supporting people. I knew it would be a great experience but I never imagined or dreamed to live what I lived. Cape Town is a really beautiful place, but if anyone asks me what I liked most, I will have no doubt in saying that it is the people, they are completely lovely. And Kim, the founder of Safe Haven project, is one of the biggest reasons for this statement. I worked with Kim for a month and I've lived and learned a lot from her."
"I thank Naomi and Vanessa for welcoming me with great warmth. My days in Cape Town were full of joy and I had such a great experience. Kim from Safe Haven is such an inspiration and I loved my volunteering work."
"Nothing in this world exists that feels better than making a difference. I felt this all the time here. Seeing the smiles on the children's faces was the best experience of my life. Thank you so much Good Hope for these happy moments."